Twofish's Blog

August 29, 2009

Making connections between Taiwan and US politics

Filed under: china, taiwan — twofish @ 3:11 pm

Part of the reason I’ve been thinking a lot on how the Republican party collapsed between 2004 and 2008 as that people have been talking about Ma Ying-Jeou’s response to Morakot and W’s response to Katrina, and I’ve been thinking about how to make sure that the same thing *doesn’t* happen.  Fortunately so are people within the KMT.  We’ll see how things look like in a few months.

One thing I do find interesting is that the Western media has characterized the PRC’s response to the Dalai Lama’s visit to Taiwan as “angry.”  It really isn’t.  I’ve seen the PRC angry, this isn’t angry.  It’s also interesting to me that all of the official mention of it is in the English media.  So far the PRC has not mentioned it at all in the Chinese language press.  Also there isn’t a huge amount of coverage in the Taiwan press (either pro-blue or pro-green).  The pro-blue press is trying to forget the story.  The pro-green press is trying to do what they can to make Ma look bad by suggesting that he cooperated with the PRC in handling the public response to the visit (and I wouldn’t be surprised at all if he did).

The other thing that I find interesting is the parallels between politics in southern Taiwan and those of the southern United States.  A lot of the notion of “independence” is rather similar in both places.



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    Comment by Not a Doc Eme — September 9, 2009 @ 7:01 pm

  2. I think that he is basically right about the exchange of money and power, but gets it wrong when he tries to explain why it is a bad thing. If the Fed gives you a consulting contract or wants to listen to what you have to say, it’s not that they are trying to buy your silence or bribe you into agreeing with the Fed. When the Fed hires an economist, they really don’t want yes-men.

    The problem is that if you have the same small group of people talking to each other and attending the same meetings, you end up with “group think.” It’s not that someone gets a contract with the Fed and stops thinking, it’s rather that if you spend a lot of time talking with Alan Greenspan, you start agreeing with him. The other problem is that if you spend all your time with the same people, you end up in a bubble that may be quite disconnected with the rest of the world. If you are spending all of your time in Washington with the Fed, then you aren’t taking a walk in California thinking to yourself, my God this is insane.

    I think the problem is not so much that we have everyone working with the Fed. The problem is deeper. You basically have people with the same life experiences, and who think in the same way. The reason that we have “loyal opposition” and adversarial legal systems is to make sure that you *don’t* get too much consensus and agreement.

    Comment by twofish — September 12, 2009 @ 10:05 pm

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